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On Results of Bihar Assembly Elections 2020 - Statement by three Left Parties | Nov 11, 2020

Friday 13 November 2020

Press Statement

Date: November 11, 2020

The three Left Parties - Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party
of India and Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) - have issued the
following statement:

Hailing Bihar Electorate

The Left Parties congratulate the electorate of Bihar for their support to the Mahagathbandhan, including the candidates of the Left parties, which contributed to the Mahagathbandhan putting up a spirited contest in the election against the ruling BJP-JD(U) and its government.

The response of the youth and the people to the issues concerning people’s livelihood and employment was heartening.

The difference of vote share of both the alliances is very very small. The BJP-led alliance lost 12 per cent from the vote it polled in the 2019 Lok Sabha election.

Incumbent Chief Minister’s party, Janata Dal (United), won only 43 seats, as compared to the 71 it won in the last assembly election. The CM’s defection from the Mahagathbandhan to the BJP is, amongst other factors, rejected by a large section of the electorate.

The Left parties together won 16 out of the 29 seats that they contested - CPI(ML) - 12, CPI(M) - 2 and CPI - 2.

The BJP and Prime Minister Modi raised the communal agenda to a very high pitch and sought to communally polarize the electorate. This was effectively met largely by the Mahagathbandhan’s focus on the economic distress caused by the lockdown and the utter failure of the BJP and its allies in containing the pandemic and galloping unemployment.

The Left parties are of the opinion that there were certain clear irregularities during the last stages of the counting that need to be seriously addressed by the Election Commission. Along with other partners of the Mahagathbandhan, the Left parties will take up these matters with the Election Commission of India.

The Left parties’ presence in the Assembly will be utilized to advance the cause of the toiling people, raising crucial issues like jobs and on social/economic injustices.

The struggles to achieve these objectives shall vigorously continue.

Sd/-

(Sitaram Yechury) General Secretary, CPI(M)
(D. Raja) General Secretary, CPI
(Dipankar Bhattacharya), General Secretary, CPI(ML)-Liberation

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